by Kristen Kehoe
Published by Self Pub Release date : January 30th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Family, New Adult
Source: The Author | Format: eBook
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Rachel Reynolds isn't running from her past, but she wouldn't mind if it stopped chasing her, either. A senior in high school getting ready to graduate, Rachel is trying to look ahead toward her future, while forgetting the one night two years ago that set events in motion which altered the course of her entire life. Part of the future she's looking for includes falling out of love with her best friend, an act she seems incapable of, especially when it appears he might just love her, too. As Rachel tries to find her footing in a relationship that has baggage before it starts, a nightmare from her past reappears, upsetting the tenuous balance of Rachel's life and threatening the one person she loves most.
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
There are a handful of subjects in fiction that I will not read. Normally, had I seen this book floating around I might not have picked it up, because the sole focus on this book is one of those subjects. But I am so glad I did. The book was hard to read, I’ll admit that, but for reasons that are personal and touching.
I don’t want to get too personal in this review – especially since I have a stop on the tour – but I feel like I need to, in order for you to get a better grasp on why this book was so touching. My oldest is about to be 11. I am 28. It doesn’t take a genius to do the math and figure out I was young when I had him.
Rachel (Flow), the main character, is a single teen mom. It’s difficult to call it a “mistake” but after a one night stand, she becomes pregnant and makes the decision to keep the baby. I loved her for it. Not only for that, but because she is such a strong & spunky, loud, funny and mean ass chick. Is she flawless? No. But she owns her life, her mistakes and will fight to protect that and the ones she loves.
What really got to me was how much I saw myself in Rachel. There is so much that she had to go through, and while some may consider her thoughts selfish or might consider her weak, I saw honesty and strength. I saw an amazing person that gave up so much for someone else, someone innocent. And while yes, there is that small part of you that yearns for what was lost, for what could have been, she owned that and made a life for herself with what she had now. She is fierce, loving and a great person.
Another part of the book that was so touching – her family. I was lucky too, to have such a loving, supporting family. It’s hard to make decisions that will change your life at 17. And no matter how much you want to, you can’t do it all alone. It was beautiful to see just how much her family and friends helped her, loved her and supported her. Not only that, to point out when she needed help, even thought her stubbornness wouldn’t allow her to ask.
Now the romance. This relationship is complicated to a T. There were times when I was screaming, “YES!” when Rachel would punch him (she did that often). He was a prick at some points, lashing out because of jealousy or anger. Which is normal, but not excusable. It’s obvious where their relationship was headed, but there is so much more to consider here, then just best friends to lovers thing. The fact that Tripp was there from day 1, continued to support Rachel and wanted all of her, including Gracie, just goes to show his true character. He is an amazing guy, strong and loving (softhearted) and I was rooting for them.
I don’t know if any of this was based on real life, but I feel like either Kristen has lived part of this or is a counselor. She did an amazing job expressing Rachel, her insecurities and the hardships of being a teen mom. I loved her writing style too. Everyone once in a while, we would get a look into Rachel’s past, and how those parts of it really shapes her into who she is and the decisions she has made.
There are many things in the book I didn’t mention, on purpose. I feel going in blind to some parts of the book is best. So there. 😛
My Peeve –
Nothing. I loved this book to pieces.
I absolutely loved this book. It was beautiful, real and so touching. This isn’t just about being a teen mom. It’s living your life how YOU want it, regardless of what is thrown at you. It’s about love and family. Life Interrupted is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time. Highly recommend.
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